[Global Times correspondent Mang Nine Morning Lee Yongtao Short House Chen Yi] Negotiations before the second summit between the United States and the DPRK are entering the most tense moment. A new round of interference comes unexpectedly on the 21st day: the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a think tank in Washington, issued a new report saying that they have found a secret missile base in North Korea, which can be provided. Nuclear or conventional strike capability, and this is only one of about 20undeclaredsecret ballistic missile bases in North Korea. The American media then hyped, Voice of America feared that this discovery would interfere with the second US-DPRK summit meeting. In fact, whenever the US-DPRK negotiations enter a critical period, such accidents will occur. CSIS published similar reports last year, but was immediately denounced as false news by Trump. Although the White House has not yet made a statement, NBC quoted a former senior official familiar with the US-DPRK negotiation process as saying that some people were nervous about Trumps possible big concessions and little gains in the forthcoming Turkey Conference, and their fears had intensified since Trumps announcement of withdrawal from Syria.
US think tank found the headquarters of the DPRK missile force?
Unexpected! On the eve of the Kinte Conference, researchers found that North Korea had more than 20 undisclosed missile bases. Trump announced on Friday that he would hold a second meeting with Kim Jong-un before the end of February. The United States and North Korea were in intensive negotiations for the meeting, but the situation deteriorated suddenly on Monday, the Daily Telegraph, an American news website, said Sunday. The United States Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has released a new report claiming that a secret North Korean missile base has been discovered by satellite, belonging to one of the countrys 20 undeclared ballistic missile bases. The report states that the missile base and the missiles deployed at the base conform to the DPRKs nuclear military strategic concept and provide operational nuclear or conventional strike capabilities.
According to the Washington Post, according to CSIS reports, the North Korean secret missile base was found about 160 miles (257 kilometers) from Seoul, the capital of South Korea, and was thought to be the headquarters of the North Korean Strategic Missile Force. There is also a Missile Research Institute and a missile launch training ground near the base. North Korean missiles are launched from here and can hit South Korea, Japan and even Guam.
Voice of America said the discovery could disrupt the second US-DPRK summit. U.S. President Trump announced last Friday that he looks forward to discussing denuclearization with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a summit in late February. According to the Independent, the newly disclosed secret missile base in North Korea, a US think tank, may distort the upcoming US-DPRK Leadersmeeting.
The United States fears Trumps big concession
So far, neither the White House nor the State Department has commented on the new missile base and its impact on the upcoming negotiations. However, just one day before the CSIS report was released, Trump tweeted that he was dissatisfied with media reports about the US-DPRK negotiations. He tweeted: The media did not praise us for the tremendous progress we have made with North Korea. Think about what happened at the end of the Obama administration (the crisis on the peninsula) compared to what it is now. I have had a very pleasant meeting with the DPRK High Representative and look forward to meeting with Chairman Kim at the end of February.
In fact, this is not the first report like CSIS. In November last year, CSIS issued a report that it found at least 13 secret missile bases in North Korea, which prompted media such as the Washington Post to question the value of the Singaporean meeting between U.S. and North Korean leaders. At that time, Trump immediately retorted on Twitter that it was false news and that the bases mentioned in the report are not new, nor deviate from the normal category as we all know.
In an interview with Yonhap News Agency on the 22nd, a spokesman for South Koreas Joint Staff Headquarters said that the so-called secret base of North Koreas New Wuli Base is a facility that South Korea and the United States have been paying close attention to. Reported that the new five-mile missile base deployed medium-range ballistic missiles, but there are no long-range ballistic missiles and intercontinental ballistic missiles. In fact, the Korean media have repeatedly mentioned the base.
According to NBC, one of the authors of the CSIS report is Chevyde, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Trumps government used Chevyde as a candidate for the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, but withdrew his nomination in early 2018 because of policy differences between Chevyde, a tough North Korean official, and Trump, who wanted to achieve diplomatic success on the Korean issue. The report quoted a former official familiar with the US-DPRK negotiations as saying that many politicians and US allies were nervous that Trump might make big concessions but little gains in the forthcoming Turkey Conference, and their fears had intensified since Trump announced his withdrawal from Syria. Judging from some recent signs from the Trump Administration, they anticipate that Trump may agree to weaken or even lift international sanctions against North Korea at the second Turkey Conference, set up a liaison office in Pyongyang and issue a declaration to end the Korean War.
Compared with domestic concerns about the US-DPRK negotiations, the DPRK is more confident. Over the past few days, the Korean media has not reported on the second Kings Meeting. The Korean media mainly focus on domestic economic construction. Labor News recently published a long editorial saying that accelerating the completion of the five-year strategic goal of national economic development will promote the national economy steadily on the upward track, and will boldly show to the world that the motherland is fearless of any challenges and has great self-strength and development potential. In 2019, Global Times reporters in Pyongyang can feel the enthusiasm of DPRKs active economic construction. On the streets of Pyongyang, we can see busy construction everywhere. From time to time, new shops are opening and new goods are on the shelves.
Can Step-by-Step Resolve the US-DPRK Divergence
The biggest disagreement between the United States and the DPRK in the negotiations has been that the United States insists on maintaining sanctions against the DPRK until the DPRK achieves complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization, while the DPRK refuses to abandon its nuclear weapons and demands that the United States lift severe economic sanctions first. That is, the United States wants to abandon nuclear weapons one step in place, while the DPRK wants to step by step. Denuclearization will be a long process, US Secretary of State Pompeo said on Tuesday, hoping to reduce North Koreas nuclear expansion capability, the Korean National News said. This is the first time Pompeo has made such a statement. His remarks were interpreted as a phased approach law that would begin with the freezing of nuclear weapons or intercontinental missiles to replace the requirements of full nuclear declaration and full denuclearization. Bloomberg also noted that Pompeo no longer mentioned the previous insistence on final, comprehensive, verifiable denuclearization, which has attracted much attention.
South Koreas Central Daily said Trump may ease sanctions against North Korea in order to escape from domestic political difficulties, so that the second Turkey can achieve visible results. Central Daily reported a special detail on the 22nd to illustrate the change of negotiation posture between the DPRK and the US. When Jin Yingzhe visited the White House in June last year, he sat upright and listened respectfully to Trumps speech with both hands in front. When Jin Yingzhe met Trump this time, he was sitting on a chair with his arm resting on the armrest, which made a sharp contrast between the front and back postures.
South Korea and the United States may face grounding in early March when they decide to conduct military exercises. South Koreas Central Daily said that before the resignation of former U.S. Defense Minister Matisse, he had decided to hold a joint exercise of key decisions between South Korea and the United States in the first half of 2019. However, Matisses final work may be stranded with the confirmation of the second Kings Meeting.
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